Predicted XI with Frank Lampard set to drop wonderkids despite suberb Carabao Cup displays


Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will be pleased with how things are turning around at Stamford Bridge.

Even though they lost to Liverpool last weekend, their fighting spirit was praised by their own fans and neutral, while his wonderkids then went on to demolish Grimsby 7-1 in the Carabao Cup in midweek.

Frank Lampard did not get the desired result against Liverpool last weekend but came away with plenty of credit

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Frank Lampard did not get the desired result against Liverpool last weekend but came away with plenty of credit

Next comes a different test – a match they have to win against Brighton and Hove Albion – live on talkSPORT 2.

With a transfer ban and young stars in Lampard’s team they are thriving on the tag of underdogs but when they face the Seagulls they will be Goliath once more, no matter who takes to the pitch.

There will be a plethora of changes after the League Cup fixture and it might force the new Chelsea boss to deal with some big issues.

With Reece James fit again, is Cesar Azpilicueta an automatic starter? Does Callum Hudson-Odoi come in for Willian? And is Christian Pulisic good enough to get into the XI?

These questions will need to dealt with but who do we think will make Lampard’s starting XI? Find out below.


Chelsea team news

The Blues do have several ongoing worries which may mean his team remains a little patches up, especially in defence.

“Rudiger is out,” he told reporters. “Toni has got a recurring injury in the groin; he still has some pain. Andreas [Christensen], should be okay. A bit of pain but not a risk.

“Olivier [Giroud] is over his illness. It left him pretty weak and he has got some strength. Emerson is out until other side of the international break with a hamstring injury.

“Ruben [Loftus-Cheek]… no date but he is jogging outside.”

How Chelsea could look against Brighton

How the Blues could look on Saturday afternoon?

How the Blues could look on Saturday afternoon?

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